Canadian startup news of the week (09/30/18)


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Top Stories of the Week


BetaKit partners with Jobbio to fill Canada’s tech talent gap

Sources close to the company confirmed that because BetaKit loves you, it will offer one month of free service to help companies hire Canada’s top tech talent.


John Ruffolo out at OMERS Ventures

Many in Canada’s VC community have reacted with shock to news of Ruffolo’s sudden departure.


Shopify investing $500 million in new Toronto office

By 2022, Shopify said it will occupy 254,000 square feet at The Well office.


Canadian tech leaders form coalition advocating for new blockchain regulation

The Blockchain Technology Coalition of Canada officially launched during Elevate’s blockchain track.

Startup Milestones

  • Instacart hiring 200 tech workers in new Toronto hub (Read here)

  • Daisy Intelligence wins $5 million pitch prize at Elevate (Read here)

  • Slack acquires email client Astro (Read here)

  • RockMass Tech wins $50,000 at DMZ Women Founders pitch competition (Read here)

  • Shopify launches Dev Degree program with York University (Read here)

Must Reads


Calgary converting economic downturn into tech opportunity

For the first time ever, Calgary was a top five Canadian tech market by deal volume in Q2 2018.


Ask an Investor: What are the different types of investors?

Knowing beforehand the types of actors out there may affect your approach to fundraising.

Tech productivity tips that actually work (CanCon ep. 128)

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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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